Empire Shattering Ratings Records For Seventh Straight Week

If you were watching TV last night, chances are you were watching Empire as the show had its seventh consecutive week of rising ratings, this week adding another 1 million viewers to its audience.

On Wednesday, “Empire” approached the 14-million mark while growing yet again in the key young-adult demo of adults 18-49 (up a tick to a 5.3 rating/15 share), according to Nielsen national estimates. In 18-49, it bested the night’s former champ, ABC’s “Modern Family,” by more than 50%.

“Empire” has now grown seven consecutive weeks in total viewership since its Jan. 7 premiere: 9.90 million (Jan. 7), 10.32 million (Jan. 14), 11.07 million (Jan. 21), 11.35 million (Jan. 28), 11.47 million (Feb. 4), 11.96 million (Feb. 18), 13.02 million (Feb. 18) and now a preliminary 13.8 million.

And in adults 18-49, it’s been up six times in those seven weeks: 3.8/11, 4.0/12, 4.4/13, 4.3/13, 4.6/14, 4.8/15; 5.2/15; and now a preliminary 5.3/15.

Last week, “Empire” moved ahead of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” as the week’s top broadcast series in 18-49 for the first time (5.2 vs. 4.5). Only AMC’s “The Walking Dead” topped it overall (6.9 rating).


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